3 things stood out the most for me.
(1) The Venue. Held in a wonderland of a loft containing ghoulish tribal artifacts from all over the world. Cannot think of a more dramatic place to have a meal. And Bill (the owner of the house and art-dealer) is a great host. The venue won over the crowd before they even had a drink.
(2) The Oysters. I’m a purist. Usually, I don’t like anything in my oysters. No horseradish, no Tabasco, no cocktail sauce - nothing. The farthest I’ll go is to squeeze in a bit of lemon. But the ones I had yesterday were great.
(3) The Braised Kobe Beef Cheeks. You could’ve eaten it with a spoon – it was that tender. And the braising liquid, with those Asian aromatics… it made it seem light. Amazing.
Usually braised beef brings to mind little tiny pearl onions, red wine, squat French grandmas and that post-meal sleepy/heavy feeling. I like all that, but this dish was the polar opposite.